Enhanced Regulatory Outreach Program Archive Listing
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (BOS) adopted the following regulations in accordance with the Enhanced Regulatory Outreach Program policy in an effort to promote consistency and transparency among regulatory departments.
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|| Group Homes
||Text amendment to the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance (MCZO) related to Group Homes to bring it into alignment with federal fair housing act in regards to persons with disabilities, particularly substance abuse recovery homes. Added new definitions related to group living arrangements, distinguishes community residences/recovery communities (new terminology for group home). This amendment changes the distancing/separation requirements to 1,200’, provides reasonable accommodation and creation of appeal process. It was approved by the BOS on 2/9/22 and took effect 30 days later.
|TA2018001||Off-Site Advertising Signs (Billboards)||The Text Amendment was applicant driven to amend Chapter 2, Definitions, Section 1112.7.1, Section 1301.1.21, and Chapter 14, Articles 1403 and 1404 of the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance (MCZO). The amendment included permitting billboards within urban areas, separation as a radius between billboards, allowance for digital billboards with NIT levels, reduced setbacks, defining scenic corridors, and billboard lighting.
||A text amendment to the MCZO to incorporate definitions, use regulations and development standards related to the adult use of recreational marijuana, this was adopted as an emergency measure with 24-hour vesting and effect.
||Home Based Business
||A text amendment to the MCZO, Chapter 5, Rural-190 Zoning District, Section 501, Articles 501.2.10 & 501.2.18 and Chapter 6 Single Family Residential R1-35 Zoning District, Section 601, Articles 601.2.8 & 601.2.14. This amendment added language to the existing home occupations to include immediate family to the non-residential employees permitted within the MCZO and eliminated the Home Occupation and Home Daycare land use applications. This amendment was necessary to bring the MCZO into alignment with state law.
||A text amendment to the MCZO, Chapter 3, Administration, Board of Adjustment, Section 303, Article 303.5. The amendment deleted language that required construction to occur within 120 days after Board of Adjustment approval of a variance.
||Wireless Communication Facilities
|| A text amendment to the MCZO, Chapter 12 Wireless Communication Facilities, Section 1202, Article 1202.2 General Provisions to include language to reference federal requirement for eligible facilities request. The text amendment amended the MCZO, Chapter 13, Conditional Use, Section 1303, Article 1303.2 to eliminate Conditional Use Permit.
|TA2016010||P-16, Military Airport Zoning Ordinance||A text amendment to The 1978 Military Airport Zoning Ordinance for the Unincorporated Area of Maricopa County allowing for rezoning of properties within the Airport Zoning Districts when the ordinance is no longer applicable due to military airbase closure. This is a lessening of regulatory burden.|
|TA2016007||Home Occupations||A text amendment to the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance to foster development of home-based businesses. Definitions were revised in Chapter 2, Section 201 with regard to Home Occupations. Chapter 5, Article 501.2.10 and Chapter 6, Article 601.2.8 was revised with regard to Home Occupations as listed in the Use Regulations for the Rural and Single-Family Residential zoning districts, respectively. Chapter 13, Section 1301. Special Uses was revised to simply note that a Special Use Permit shall be required for any Home Occupation that does not adhere to the requirements of the Rural and Single-Family Residential zoning districts.|
|TA2016006||Ordinance P-10 for Adult Oriented Businesses and Adult Service Providers||A text amendment will update various aspects of this ordinance to align with new departmental procedures. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is now responsible for implementing this ordinance and not the Planning and Development Department. This text amendment removes the definition of Director from the definitions section (Section 2) and replaces Director with Sheriff throughout the text.|
|TA2016005||Adult Oriented Facilities Definition||A text amendment to the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 2, Section 201 updated the definition of ‘Adult Oriented Facilities’ to delete several paragraphs of unnecessary verbiage and to simply reference the Maricopa County Ordinance for Adult Oriented Businesses and Adult Service Providers (P-10). This was not a change in regulation but rather a formatting issue to make the document more user-friendly.|
|TA2016004||Home Occupation/ Sales, Garage/ Yard Definitions
||A text amendment to the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 2, Section 201 adding a definition for ‘Sales, Garage / Yard’ and correspondingly revising definitions for ‘Home Occupation, Residential’, a ‘Home Occupation, Cottage Industry’. This was not a change in regulation but rather a formatting issue to make the document more user-friendly.|
|TA2016003||Runway and Landing Strips||A text amendment to the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance, Article 1111.3, clarifying that the Board of Supervisors may waive Runway Protection Zones (RPZ) and Obstacle Free Zones (OFZ) requirements at private runways and landing strips.|
|TA2016002||C-3 Nightclubs||A text amendment to the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance, Sec. 805 clarify ordinance language regarding the use of adult oriented facilities within the C-3 zoning, district. Adult oriented businesses are permitted in the C-3 zoning district. Outdoor music or entertainment is not allowed at adult oriented businesses. This text amendment is a clarification and will not result in increased regulatory burden.|
|TA2016001||Group Home / Group Care Facility Definitions||A text amendment to the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 2, Section 201 adding definitions for ‘Adjudicated Person’, ‘Family’ and ‘Group Care Facilities’, and revising the definition for ‘Group Homes’. The definitions are largely for clarification but the text amendment does lessen regulatory burden by allowing for group homes to include patient residents who are minors/children.|
|TA2015005||Subdivision Assurance||This amendment allows any form of assurance acceptable to the Planning Director within statutory parameter; amends Section 203.2.i.1 and 203.3.b.6 to maximize flexibility in favor of the regulated community.|
|TA2015004||Accessory Recreational Structures||This amendment increases the maximum height of private outdoor recreational structures in Rural and Single Family Residential zoning districts and clarifies that tennis courts and other accessory recreational structures are permitted.|
|TA2015003||Temporary Uses||A text amendment to Chapter 13 of the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance regarding Temporary Uses. This language was approved with TA2014006; however, the public notice for the previous text amendment did not refer to MCZO Section 1302. The purpose of the subject text amendment is to ensure proper public notice of the revised language. This is clarified language and is not a change in regulation.|
|TA2015002||Outdoor Dining and Drinking / Restaurants and Cafes||A text amendment to Chapter 8 of the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance to permit outdoor dining at restaurants and cafes in the C-1 and C-2 zoning districts.|
|TA2015001||Amateur Radio Antennas||A text amendment to Chapter 11 of the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance to clarify that amateur radio antennas mounted to a building are considered building appurtenances with no limit to the number of structures and to clarify structure placement within both Rural and Single Family Residential Zoning Districts.|
|TA2014001||Wireless Communication Facilities (WCF) / Conditional Uses||A text amendment to the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 2 Definitions, Chapter 12 Wireless Communication Facilities (WCF), and Chapter 13 Conditional Uses. This text amendment streamlines the entitlement process for WCFs, eliminates WCF Use Districts, promotes co-location on existing vertical structures, and fosters moderate height and slim pole design. This text amendment also creates an administrative Condition Use Permit for WCFs.|
|TA2014009||Gates (Zoning)||This is a text amendment to Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance, Article 1504.5.2 - it eliminates requirement to obtain a zoning clearance for gates within road easements or within private street tracts.|
|TA2014008||Property Maintenance||This is a text amendment to the Maricopa Zoning Ordinance adding new Article 1116, Property Maintenance and related definitions in Chapter 2.|
|TA2014007||Gates (Building)||This is a text amendment to add a paragraph Maricopa County Local Additions and Addenda, Section 205 Exemptions - it eliminates requirement to obtain a building permit for gates within road easements.|
|TA2014006||Special Uses / Use Regulations||This is a text amendment to the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance, Article 1301.1 Special Uses and the Use Regulations of Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 - to overhaul Article 1301.1 so that special use categories are relegated to those uses that are temporal or of a unique nature not appropriate in a zoning district. This will provide permanent zoning entitlement for development of uses that are long term in nature as recommended by the Maricopa County Planning and Development Ad Hoc Task Force.|
|TA2014005||Billboard SUP||This is a text amendment to revise Maricopa Zoning Ordinance, Article 1301.1.41.1 clarifying that a billboard may be relocated by Special Use Permit due to public acquisition of from a parcel located within the perimeter boundary of Maricopa County.|
|TA2014004||R-5 Use Regulations||This is a text amendment to the Maricopa Zoning Ordinance, Article 702.2 Use Regulations (R-5 Multi-Family Residential Zoning District) - it states that all uses permitted in the C-1 Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District and Mobile Home Parks per Section 1203 are also permitted in the R-5 Multi-Family Residential Zoning District. This will help foster mixed-used development as recommended by the Maricopa County Planning and Development Ad Hoc Task Force.|
|TA2014003||C-1 Use Regulations||This is a text amendment to the Maricopa Zoning Ordinance, Article 803.2 Use Regulations (C-1 Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District) - it states that all uses permitted in the R-5 Multi-Family Residential Zoning District are also permitted in the C-1 Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District. This will help foster mixed-used development as recommended by the Maricopa County Planning and Development Ad Hoc Task Force.|
|TA2014002||Residential Lot Coverage||This is a text amendment to the Maricopa Zoning Ordinance, Articles 601.5.4, 602.5.4, 603.5.4, 604.5.4, 605.5.4, 606.5.4, 701.5.4 and 702.5.4 increasing the Maximum Lot Coverage in all Single-Family Residential and Multi-Family Residential zoning districts. This text amendment increases Maximum Lot Coverage (cumulative area under roof) for all Single-Family Residential and Multi-Family Residential zoning districts.|
|TA2013013||Runways||This is a text amendment to the Maricopa Zoning Ordinance, Article 1111.3 to clarify that the required obstacle free zones and runway protection zones for runways / landing strips may be waived subject to Federal Aviation Administration requirements. Approved at the July 30, 2014 BOS with effect in 30 days.|
|TA2013012||Commercial Signs||This is a text amendment to the Maricopa Zoning Ordinance, Articles 1403.2.3.2.b and 1404.2.2.2.b and the Chapter 14 Sign Table by Zoning District - to clarify maximum height limitation for free-standing on-site signs in Commercial and Industrial zoning districts proximate to Rural and Residential zoning districts unless developed for non residential use. Approved at the July 30 2014 BOS with effect in 30 days.|
|TA2013011||Street Name Suffixes||This is a text amendment to the Maricopa County Addressing Regulations, Section 702 to permit "Glen" and "Dale" street name suffixes west of the County 0/0 block numbering and "Terrace" and "Run" suffixes to the east. Approved at the April 23, 2014 BOS with effect in 30 days.|
|TA2013010||Hillside Measurement||This is a text amendment to the Maricopa Zoning Ordinance, Article 1201.2.1 revising the Hillside measurement from areas of natural slope of 15% or greater within any horizontal distance with a 5' elevation change to within any horizontal distance with a 10' elevation change. Approved at the April 23, 2014 BOS with effect in 30 days.|
|TA2013009||Setbacks||This is a text amendment to Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance to delete language from definitions in Chapter 2 and deleting language from Article 1110.6.2 so that setbacks are measured from the lot line to the building at grade and that ordinary projections above grade may encroach up to 2' into any required yard. Approved at the April 23, 2014 BOS with effect in 30 days.|
|TA2013008||Amendment to Licensing Time Frames Ordinance No. P-30 per HB2443||This is a text amendment to Maricopa County Ordinance No. P-30 regarding licensing time frames. This is a general ordinance applicable to all County regulatory agencies. This housekeeping item updated the ordinance with regard to changes in State law per HB 2443. Approved at the April 23, 2014 BOS with effect in 30 days.|
|TA2013007||Temporary Uses||This is a text amendment to the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance, Section 1302, to permit Temporary Uses as an administrative remedy of a zoning violation by allowing a one year timeframe as exist strategy or to obtain longer term zoning entitlement. Approved at the April 23, 2014 BOS with effect in 30 days.|
|TA2013006||Location of Parking||This is a text amendment to the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance, Article 1102 regarding the location of parking spaces in relation to the use served. The spaces may not be across an arterial street or railroad track of further than 600' from the use served unless there is an approved valet parking plan. Approved at the April 23, 2014 BOS with effect in 30 days.|
|TA2013005||Annual Facilities Permit (AFP)||This is a text amendment to the Maricopa County Local Additions and Addenda that created a process for an Annual Facilities Permit (AFP).|
|TA2013004||Exemption for building/structures existing prior to January 1, 2000||Text amendment to the Maricopa County Local Additions & Addenda, Sec. 205, Building Permit Exceptions exempting construction of buildings and other structures that have been in existence prior to January 1, 2000, from the requirement to obtain a Building Permit. Approved at the 4/23/14 BOS with effect after 30 days. This case was processed through the County’s Enhanced Regulatory Outreach Program (EROP).
|TA2013003||Drainage Waivers||A text amendment to the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance, Section 1205, Drainage Regulations to allow drainage waivers to be granted administratively. Approved at the July 17, 2013 BOS with immediate effect.|
|TA2013002||Hillside Retaining Walls||A housekeeping text amendment to the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance, Art. 1111.5.2 to reference the fact that Art. 1201.4 permits retaining walls subject to hillside slopes to have a max. 30' height (where they are otherwise limited to a max. 6' height). Approved at the July 17, 2013 BOS with immediate effect.|
|TA2013001||2012 International Codes||A text amendment to the Maricopa County Local Additions and Addenda (adopted construction safety codes as amended) to adopt and amend the following: 2012 International Building Code, 2012 International Residential Code, 2012 International Plumbing Code, 2012 International Mechanical Code, 2012 International Fuel Gas Code, 2012 International Green Construction Code (voluntary), 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (voluntary), 2012 International Existing Building Code, 2011 National Electric Code. Approved at the August 7, 2013 BOS for effect on October 1, 2013 but with a grace period through 31 13, 2012 before mandating the new suite of codes.|
|TA2012033||Rural-43 Lot Coverage||Amend Art. 503.5.4 of the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance to raise the maximum lot coverage (area under roof) of the Rural-43 zoning district from 15% to 25%. Approved at the July 17, 2013 BOS with immediate effect.|
|TA2012032||Licensing Time Frames||Companion to TA2012028, the new ordinance that established licensing time frames in compliance with ARS 11-1601 through 11-1610. This new ordinance will adopt new fees related to the licensing time frames. The ordinance is applicable to all county regulatory departments. Approved at the May 22, 2013 BOS for immediate effect.|
|TA2012030||Building Fees||Incorporate new fees to be adopted by TA2012028 into the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance. Approved at the May 22, 2013 BOS for immediate effect.|
|TA2012029||Zoning Fees||Incorporate new fees to be adopted by TA2012028 into the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance. Approved at the May 22, 2013 BOS for immediate effect.|